Stamford, CT (November 17, 2010)—Richard Langham, second engineer at Abbey Road during the Beatles’ early years, and John Lennon engineer Dennis Ferrante will appear at BeatExpo 2010, November 27-28, in Stamford, CT.
A long-running annual event for fans of The Beatles and ‘60s pop music, BeatExpo will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown Stamford, 700 E. Main Street in Stamford, Connecticut. This year’s event will feature such notable guests as Denny Laine (Wings) and promoter Sid Bernstein, who gave birth to the Stadium Concert when he booked the Beatles into Shea Stadium. For recordists, however, perhaps the biggest draw will be the appearances of Langham and Ferrante.
Richard Langham was the Second Engineer at EMI/Abbey Road Studios, where he worked with The Beatles on their Please Please Me album, the “From Me To You” single sessions and many other songs. This will mark Langham’s first-ever convention appearance anywhere; for the event, he’ll give a talk about recording the Beatles and other acts, will meet fans and sign autographs.
Meanwhile, Grammy-winning recording engineer Dennis Ferrante returns to BEATexpo to talk about his years of producing and engineering John Lennon’s albums from Imagine through Rock n Roll. Ferrante worked closely with Lennon throughout the ’70s on such classic albums as Imagine, Some Time in New York City, Mind Games, Walls and Bridges and Rock ‘N’ Roll. He will meet fans, answer questions and sign autographs.
Also on the roster this year:
• Tommy Roe: Tommy Roe played on the same bill as The Beatles and he is coming out of retirement for his first convention appearance ever. The international hit-maker wrote or co-wrote and recorded six Top 10 hits between 1962-69. On March 9, 1963, The Beatles began their first British tour opening for Tommy Roe (and Chris Montez). In that month, they played 21 dates throughout England, including a showcase concert at Liverpool’s Empire Theater.
• Denny Laine: Originally with the Moody Blues (“Go Now”), Laine was the longest member of Wings, along with Paul and Linda McCartney. He co-founded the band in 1971 and stayed with it for 10 years, along the way co-writing one of the largest-selling singles of all-time, Mull of Kintyre. Albums included Red Rose Speedway, Band on The Run, Venus And Mars, Wings at the Speed of Sound, Wings Over America, London Town and Back to the Egg.
• Sid Bernstein: The legendary promoter worked with Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein to bring The Beatles to America, producing their historic 1964 Carnegie Hall concert and both their 1965 and 1966 Shea Stadium shows, the first stadium concerts in history. He imported the British Invasion to the shores of New York City and helped build the reputations of The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits, the Moody Blues, the Kinks, James Brown, Ray Charles, John Denver, Joan Baez, Miles Davis, the Rascals, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Elvis Presley, Barbara Streisand, ABBA, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and the list goes on and on.
Other guests will include Pye recording artist Julie Grant; noted session player Gary Van Scyoc; Hendrix percussionist Juma Sultan; and many others. Other attractions will include concerts by tribute bands; a rock & roll flea market/memorabilia marketplace; rare video shows and feature-length films; special exhibits and displays; art galleries and other features.